crossing number


Are different notions of the crossing number the same? ★★★

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Problem   Does the following equality hold for every graph $ G $? \[ \text{pair-cr}(G) = \text{cr}(G) \]

The crossing number $ \text{cr}(G) $ of a graph $ G $ is the minimum number of edge crossings in any drawing of $ G $ in the plane. In the pairwise crossing number $ \text{pair-cr}(G) $, we minimize the number of pairs of edges that cross.

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Crossing numbers and coloring ★★★

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We let $ cr(G) $ denote the crossing number of a graph $ G $.

Conjecture   Every graph $ G $ with $ \chi(G) \ge t $ satisfies $ cr(G) \ge cr(K_t) $.

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Crossing sequences ★★

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Conjecture   Let $ (a_0,a_1,a_2,\ldots,0) $ be a sequence of nonnegative integers which strictly decreases until $ 0 $.

Then there exists a graph that be drawn on a surface with orientable (nonorientable, resp.) genus $ i $ with $ a_i $ crossings, but not with less crossings.

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5-coloring graphs with small crossing & clique numbers ★★

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For a graph $ G $, we let $ cr(G) $ denote the crossing number of $ G $, and we let $ \omega(G) $ denote the size of the largest complete subgraph of $ G $.

Question   Does every graph $ G $ with $ cr(G) \le 5 $ and $ \omega(G) \le 5 $ have a 5-coloring?

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Drawing disconnected graphs on surfaces ★★

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Conjecture   Let $ G $ be the disjoint union of the graphs $ G_1 $ and $ G_2 $ and let $ \Sigma $ be a surface. Is it true that every optimal drawing of $ G $ on $ \Sigma $ has the property that $ G_1 $ and $ G_2 $ are disjoint?

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The Crossing Number of the Hypercube ★★

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The crossing number $ cr(G) $ of $ G $ is the minimum number of crossings in all drawings of $ G $ in the plane.

The $ d $-dimensional (hyper)cube $ Q_d $ is the graph whose vertices are all binary sequences of length $ d $, and two of the sequences are adjacent in $ Q_d $ if they differ in precisely one coordinate.

Conjecture   $ \displaystyle \lim  \frac{cr(Q_d)}{4^d} = \frac{5}{32} $

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The Crossing Number of the Complete Bipartite Graph ★★★

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The crossing number $ cr(G) $ of $ G $ is the minimum number of crossings in all drawings of $ G $ in the plane.

Conjecture   $ \displaystyle   cr(K_{m,n}) = \floor{\frac m2} \floor{\frac {m-1}2}                      \floor{\frac n2} \floor{\frac {n-1}2}  $

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The Crossing Number of the Complete Graph ★★★

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The crossing number $ cr(G) $ of $ G $ is the minimum number of crossings in all drawings of $ G $ in the plane.

Conjecture   $ \displaystyle cr(K_n) =   \frac 14 \floor{\frac n2} \floor{\frac{n-1}2} \floor{\frac{n-2}2} \floor{\frac{n-3}2} $

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